Sunday, January 27, 2019

Europe: French 14, Guinness Pro14 By the Numbers - 1.27.19

Europe: French (Top) 14, Gallagher (formerly Aviva) Premiership, Guinness Pro14 By the Numbers

This round in the European leagues prior to the initial whistle of Six Nations is a bad-good scenario: bad because all the name players on the clubs from those half dozen countries are off preparing for advent of the upcoming annual Test series and are absent the paddock the weekend’s encounters; good because all the name players on the clubs from those half dozen countries are off preparing for advent of the upcoming annual Test series and are absent the paddock the weekend’s encounters and that means there’s a good bit of youth taking the pitch, looking to break into that elite corps of starters on their respective squads, or at minimum make a mark.

French 14

11           for Castres 10, Ben Urdapilleta, on 1 conversion and 3 penalties, and home team defended well their grounds at Pierre Fabre, upending Clermont 24-26 and knocking the former frontrunners from the topspot at table, because…

            trys for new leader Toulouse 13, Sofi Guitoune, in their 5-point home victory over Grenoble at Stade Ernest Wallon, 29-16; homeboys Kiwi 10, Zach Holmes nailed all 4 conversions;

2             points coolly collected by La Rochelle 10, Ihaia West, in the conversion of a 74th-minute grounding by relief backrow, Jone Qovu, and La Rochellais returned from 10-point deficit early in the second stanza to secure the home win, 27-25, over Montpellier, who’ve now lost 4-from-5 in the league as well as being knocked from the EPCR Champions Cup tournament also; 2 too the number of cards earned by an ill-disciplined traveler tight five in the first forty and while the visitors were yet down a brace of men, La Rochelle got a 5er from blindside Romi Sazy, more than sufficient the victory;

17           by Lyon 10, Jonnie Wisniewski, 1 conversion and 5 penalties as the Matmut’s finest rocked on Finn Russell-less (Scots duty) Racing 92, 32-11;

10          points for Bordeaux Bègles 10, Brock James, on 2-and-2 off his shoe resulting in 25-17 home happiness over Agen at Chaban Delmas;

20          points in the account of Pau 10, Colin Slade, on 1 conversion and half dozen penalties slotted in the 30-24 road win at Aimé Giral over Perpignan;

            trys for Toulon burner, Filipo Nakosi,  the last at the final respiration, and home team may very well have saved their season in improbable fashion with time flowing fast as the definitive touch down was begun by Liam Messam creating space by nearly exhausting it, yet popping a pass to Mr. Nakosi at their own 22, who opened the nitro line wide before lifting a looker downfield for his own collection and grounding shortly thereafter; the match had 2 instances of drawn scores and 4 lead changes along with a 95-meter explosion by the other Toulon wing, Danny Ikpefan; Stade Francais, for their part, sent engine Hendré Stassen across for a brace; 23 points tallied by the XVs in the final 11 minutes;

Upcoming Round 16:

Saturday, February 16:
               Clermont (52) v (43) Bordeaux Bègles at the Michelin: hosts looking to bounce back from last league loss at Castres, but they’ll have to do it without their Les Bleus boys;
               Montpellier (33) v (4) Perpignan at the Altrad: Perps could be just what hosts need; at four-from-five of their last league matches in the trash, they’ll be seeking the good stuff;
               Pau (33) v (28) Castres at Stade du Hameau: both need it if they’ve hope for extra time;
               Stade Français (42) v (44) Lyon at Jean-Bouin: well, here’s your Match of Weekend in the Orange 14!
               Agen (17) v (28) Toulon at Stade Armandie: visitors will be in search of a rarely-had, 2-game joy;

Sunday, February 17:
               Grenoble (20)  v (46) La Rochelle at Stade des Alpes: could be trouble for travelers;
               Racing 92 (40) v (54) Toulouse at La Défense Arena: homeys require this win, but their guests have not lost in the league since the end of September;

Gallagher Premiership are off until the middle of February

Guinness Pro14

80+        necessary for Ulster to draw level with Treviso at Ravenhill, 17-17, and Kieran Crowley’s boys are in second position in Group B;

5             the measure of separation after ’80 at the RDS as Leinster held off Scarlets, 22-17, despite a brace of touch downs by Scarlets 9, Kieran Hardy;

3             points against nil for Glasgow at the half became a 9-3 victory for Warriors over Ospreys at Scotstoun;

16           for Cheetahs 10, Tian Schoeman, on the conversion of 8-from-9 Fast Cats trys in their 61-28 lambasting of Zebre in the Free State Stadium; double by relief three-quarters Shaun Venter;

1             the margin of victory for Munster on the road at Newport-Gwent Dragons in the Rodney Parade, 8-7;

1             too, the difference between Cardiff and Connacht at the Arms Park and 8-7 that result as well in favor of Blues;

5             points for 21-years old Kings flyer, Yaw Penxe, in the 75th minute, and Edinburgh had its impressive recent run blunted at Mytjalies-Mandela Bay as Monarchs of the South triumphed, 25-21;

Upcoming Round 12:

Saturday, February 2:
               Cheetahs (31) v (17) Southern Kings at Free State Stadium: this is the result of no One Rugby Season, but Fast Cats could be well within hailing distance of extra time with the win, bigger the closer;

Round 15:

Friday, February 15:
               Edinburgh (36) v (19) Dragons at Murrayfield: Scots will want max points from this one;
               Munster (48) v (17) Southern Kings at Thomond Park: ditto the Irish;
               Ospreys (38) v (35) Ulster at Liberty Stadium: travelers haven’t won since before the Holidays;
Saturday, February 16:
               Zebre (17) v (58) Leinster at Sergio Lanfranchi: could be a nickel for visitors;
               Connacht (38) v (31-36) Cheetahs at Galway Sportsground: see what SA boys have to show; this is the time!
               Treviso (37) v (35) Scarlets at Stadio Communal: wotcher Benetton?
               Cardiff (36) v (46) Glasgow at the Arms Park: Sleeper of the Weekend


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